Russia through French eyes: Experiencing life anew in a different language

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Russian through French

Rare is the book which envelops my attention, delights me in its prose, makes me re-read passages both for the joy of the flow of the sentences and for the content and strikes a chord with me personally. Le testament français (UK edition)/Dreams of my Russian Summers (US edition) not only had all of the… Read more »

Ladino saved my life in the war

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At long last, I am posting the demo to Saved by Language, the documentary I’m co-producing about how the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language saved a boy’s life in Bosnia in World War II. Ladino is considered to be an endangered language. For those who want to make a tax-deductible donation to help with editing and post-production… Read more »

MTV, here we come! 17 polyglots redo “Call me Maybe” in 30+ languages

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That’s right. Seventeen Internet polyglots came together, under the tireless direction of Benny Lewis of Fluent in Three Months, to create the first ever polyglot music video. There are over 30 languages in this video doing a remake of the song, Call me Maybe. I helped Benny create the script and contact various polyglots. Benny… Read more »

Language confusion: 3 funny polyglots explain how to avoid mixing up your languages

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If you thought that polyglots are just serious language lovers who spend all their time talking about grammar, you are wrong! I spent three fun-filled days in Poland with Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello switching languages and making some videos about language learning. We spent most of the three days laughing and enjoying Poland. The… Read more »

Learn Portuguese and Brazilian history with samba, “Apesar de você”

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Luciana Lage and I are back with a new lesson in learning Portuguese with Brazilian music. This time we’re examining the serious subject of the Brazilian dictatorship through the song, Apesar de você, by Chico Buarque. Luciana has prepared a blog post, “Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs – Apesar de Você” with the lyrics of… Read more »

How to learn a language: surrender to it

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The word “surrender” conjures up images of defeat and submission. But when it comes to language learning, the more you give yourself up to your target language, the more successful you will be. Why do people speak with accents? They are stuck in the phonological structure of their native tongue. Why do foreign language speakers… Read more »